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Public opinion matters more than awards: Suresh Kumar

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LAUDABLE INITIATIVE:Minister for Urban Development S. Suresh Kumar felicitating Chairman of Alandur Municipality (Tamil Nadu) R. Sai Bharahi (right) at a function in Bangalore on Friday.
LAUDABLE INITIATIVE:Minister for Urban Development S. Suresh Kumar felicitating Chairman of Alandur Municipality (Tamil Nadu) R. Sai Bharahi (right) at a function in Bangalore on Friday.

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE:The concept of one-day governance followed in Gujarat in which the administration does not take more than a day to process applications and grant permissions, got the thumbs up from Suresh Kumar, Minister for Urban Development and Law and Parliamentary Affairs.

The Minister was speaking at the eighth edition of the “Leadership Lecture” organised by the City Manager's Association, Karnataka (CMAK), here on Friday.

Addressing an audience consisting of people working in urban local bodies and other government institutions, Mr. Kumar said the State Government held videoconferencing with members of civic bodies in the State every month. After felicitating officials of civic bodies of the five cities of the State which made it to the Centre's list of top 25 cities with the best sanitation i.e., Mysore (2 {+n} {+d}), Mangalore (8 {+t} {+h}), Bangalore (12 {+t} {+h}), Mandya (15 {+t} {+h}) and Bidar (22 {+n} {+d}), the Minister said awards should not matter as much as the citizens' opinion of the administration. Secretary of Urban Development Shambhu Dayal Meena said development of cities was not just the responsibility of the Government but also of the public.

Later in the day, R. Sai Bharathi, chairman of the Alandur Municipality in Tamil Nadu who is credited with initiating the Alandur Sewerage Project of 1996 — the first commercially viable urban infrastructure project in the country using public-private partnership delivered the leadership lecture.

Predicting that the percentage of population in the urban centres would rise to 50 from the present 35, Arvind Shrivastava, Managing Director of the Karnataka Development and Finance Corporation, said there was a need for efficient leaders who could come up with different strategies to tackle the problems faced by cities.

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